Jordaan loses FIFA vote

2011-02-23 14:06

Khartoum - South African football official Danny Jordaan lost his bid to join FIFA's 24-man executive committee on Wednesday.

The Confederation of African Football said Jordaan, who led the 2010 World Cup organizing committee, came fourth of five candidates in a poll choosing two delegates to join FIFA's ruling panel.

Algerian federation president Mohamed Raouraoua won the election with 39 votes and Ivory Coast federation president Jacques Anouma was second with 35.

Jordaan received 10 votes from the 53 national members who make up CAF.

Jordaan was seeking to follow playing greats Michel Platini of France and Franz Beckenbauer of Germany, who organized successful World Cups then joined the inner circle of football's world governing body.

Raouraoua will replace disgraced Amos Adamu, who FIFA suspended for seeking bribes during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Adamu was ineligible.

The Algerian official will formally join FIFA's executive committee on June 1 at its congress in Zurich.

Anouma was re-elected to serve a second four-year term.

Africa sends four delegates to the FIFA ruling panel, but the seats of CAF president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, and Hany Abo Rida of Egypt come up for election in 2013.

Jordaan gained global recognition for his work helping South Africa overcome doubters that it could stage a successful, safe and profitable World Cup.

However, he did not rise through the committee hierarchy of CAF like Raouraoua and Anouma.

Jordaan polled fewer votes than the 12 given to Suketu Patel of Seychelles, another member of the CAF executive committee. A fifth candidate, Ibrahim Galadima of Nigeria, received five votes.

The election during the CAF annual assembly was observed by FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the two men considered the strongest candidates to succeed him, UEFA president Platini and Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Qatari who leads the Asian Football Confederation.

Blatter is standing for election for a fourth four-year term on June 1.


  • dominic.chimhavi - 2011-02-23 15:26

    In Africa its not what you can offer but what you put in officials' pockets. No wonder this continent remains the poorest. Leaders do it for selfish ends and not for the bigger picture. Jordaan was the greatest hope for this continent.

      Mxo32 - 2011-02-23 15:41

      I also share the same sentiments....these guys were all praising Jordaan and SA for putting Africa on the map and now this....

  • buddy jones - 2011-02-23 15:54

    sorry jordaan - i believe your motivation and everything to do with the election was 9for personal gain of course, whom wouldnt) - BUT there was more than that, putting rsa first, continent second after succesful swc. better luck next time - they FIFA know what youre capable of.....

  • Shistirrer - 2011-02-23 16:14

    This is how the man who stood at the helm of our SWC team is rated by his peers. F*kken EINA!!!

  • Ibo - 2011-02-23 20:44

    I am sorry for the position our Jordaan got, but I am sick of this kinds of mindsets like for most of the posters here. Always they have negative views on Africa, what is wrong with you guys? We saw how you were talking before the world cup on the ability of SA, and now here you are attacking Africa. If Jordaan won you could say he or SA paid money for that post and FIFA is corrupt, but when he didn’t you are saying the winner did pay to the voters and the continent is bad because they dont vote SA; what the poorer Algerians could pay? Life is just like that win or lose wakeup.

      Albo - 2011-02-24 08:17

      Sheez - you really do walk around with your eyes closed!!!

      Norman - 2011-02-25 10:31

      you still need to grow man, can't you see that bribes were all bihind this. how in hell a man who has successfully organised such a big tournament lose in this way. like seriously who are those to beat jordan, what have they done successfully. i'm still wondering but one day the truth will reveals itself. jordaan SA is behind you any time

  • Mxhuma - 2011-02-23 21:43

    He does not have the qualities they all share: corruption, bribery, nepotism etc. So they fail to notice that one of a kind is among them. They are going to mess up again until they recognise that people like Jordan will be good for African Football!

  • kahuru1 - 2011-02-24 04:54

    Our region made a mistake by not standing behind one man; not the infighting we saw prior to the vote that saw some bad blood between Jordaan and Kalusha Bwalya, I also personally think Jordaan depended too much on the success of the 2010 world cup, whose hosting you must recall alienated Issa Hayatou who was clearly behind Morocco's bid, he should have seen the warning when CAF voted for Morocco to host the 2015 AFCON when really it should have gone to a Southern or Central African candidate - there is still some bad blood out there that runs deep. All Jordaan should do is lick his wounds and look at other options like South Africa hosting the FIFA World Club Games, AND continuously selling the PSL brand to the world. Next time he should campaign with the same zeal that saw him win the 2010 bid.

      kinne.khunou - 2011-02-24 13:31

      I think it was too early for Danny to go that route.

  • mpithi.mek - 2011-03-04 18:07

    That is how Africans are,they better choose from bad from good.That is the reasons you find lot of tyrant in Africa because they always embrace corruption and mediocrity.CAF has once again confirm the perception that Afrcan leadership is for looters and kliptocrats,if your honest and workaholic there is no place for you in african institution.Hence we have the Gadaffis and Mogabes of this world.Danny! you remain a role model to some of us who value your contribution.

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